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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr Seuss

Reading and sharing stories together with your child is a wonderful bonding experience and the best way to encourage a love of books, to establish early literacy skills and to prepare your child for reading.

Here you will find information and tips to enjoy sharing stories with your children at home and online.

Online Story Times   

Missing story time at the library? Check out these links to online story times read by librarians, authors and celebrities.

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Library Online Story Times

While you might not be able to visit your local Wyndham libraries – we’re coming to you with our free Online Story Times.

Tune in for new weekly sessions at the Library Facebook page on Thursdays at 9.30am.

See our recent episodes on the Early Years Programs Online page or catch up on more episodes on the Library YouTube channel where you can continue to enjoy them at a time that suits you.

We thank Australian authors and publishers for allowing us to record and publish these Story Time videos while our normal sessions are suspended.

Online Story Times 

Check out these links to online story times presented by authors and celebrities.

Amy Leask | Bruce Hale | Chris Haughton | Diane Alber | J.V.Novak | James Dean | Julia Donaldson | Kate Messner | Mac Barnett | Melinda Long | Mem Fox | Molly Idle | Monique Gray -Smith | Oliver Jeffers | Peter Reynolds | Roda Ahmed | Sarah McIntyre  

Disney Storytime 

A huge selection of Disney story books read by a variety of well known authors and actors.  

Harper Collins Children's Books  

Hundreds of books read by a variety of authors, some picture books and lots of fiction titles.

Penguin Read Together be Together 

A mix of popular picture books read by authors.  

Scholastic  

Over 20 popular picture books and kids fiction read by authors, with many more to come. 

Simon & Schuster, Simon Kids 

Snack together and read online with multiple popular authors like Laurie Berkner 

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton and friends read picture books via her Imagination Library.   

Julie Andrews 

Julie and her daughter will read a selection of stories each week starting April 29 2020.  

PBS Kids

Read along with PBS Kids, lots of videos added weekly with many being read by Michelle Obama.   

Play School Story Time  

Over 20 videos of your favourite picture books read by famous Australian and Play School presenters, including Benita Collings! 

Story Box Library

Over 100 engaging storytelling videos featuring Australian stories told in Australian voices.
Use your library card to login. Not a library member? Join now for FREE.

Storyline Online 

More than 50 picture books read by a variety of celebrated actors.  

Storytime from space 

While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading books to the children of Earth. 

World Book Day  

A dozen famous actors and authors read their favourite stories in this online storytime.  

Picture Book Activities

Explore these links for a variety of craft ideas and activity sheets inspired by picture books.

 

Ben Clanton  

Drawing templates and live drawing classes with author and illustrator Ben Clanton. 

 

Bloomsbury - Early Years Resources  

Publishing house is offering free access to its Early Years Resources, which are fun and educational. An account made with valid email address is needed to access the resources.   

 

Book Trust – Home Time Fun  

A variety of games, stories, craft, quizzes and activities for all ages.  

 

Buggy and Buddy  

Dozens of free activities based on popular picture books. The list is alphabetised by title. The site also has an associated Pinterest board.  

 

Carly Hart Books – Activity List  

A compilation list of a variety of book activity resources. Activities for children of all ages from a variety of picture book and fiction authors.  

 

Chris Haughton

Colouring sheets and craft activities based on Chris’s picture books including Oh No George! 

 

Debbie Ridpath Ohi  

Picture book printables, colouring and craft from author and illustrator Debbie Ohi. 

 

Fun Learning For Kids  

A variety of Math activities inspired by popular children’s picture books. 

 

Hachette - Home Learning Activities  

A variety of activity packs based on Hatchett’s most popular picture books, including Giraffes Can’t Dance. 

 

James Dean 

Colour and craft based on the James’ popular picture book series Pete the Cat

 

Julia Donaldson   

What can we do with paper and glue? A variety of craft ideas and inspiration based on Julia Donaldson’s picture books.  

 

Kids Soup Activity Website  

General themed art and craft ideas, including book specific pages like The Gruffalo  

 

Lauren Child  

Lauren Child will host a variety of kids challenges on her Instagram for you to take part in. Look out for the post about School of Bob.

 

Lucinda Gifford 

A variety of activities and colouring pages based on the illustrations of Lucinda Gifford from a variety of books.  

 

Matt Cosgrove 

Colouring sheets and craft activities based on Matt’s picture book characters including Macca the Aplaca and Celeste the Giraffe

 

Michelle Robinson   

A variety of craft and games based on Michelle Robinson books.

 

Mo Willems  

Mo Willems official website offers a wide variety of activities for young children.  All of Mo Willems favourite characters in craft form, from colouring to finger puppets.  

 

Penguin Publishing - Young Readers Activity Packs  

A variety of packs to download and use based on your favourite Penguin picture books.  Scroll halfway down the page for the pack slider to appear.  

 

Rob Biddulph

Draw along with Rob to create one of his much-loved picture book characters.  

 

Scholastic Publishing – Printable Activities

A variety of activities and printable craft and worksheets.

 

Story Box Library 

Free activity ideas for great Australian stories. 

Use your library card to login. Not a library member? Join now for FREE 

 

The Big Little Book Club  

Free activity and learningsheets focused on a range of great picture books. 

 

The Gruffalo  

Dozens of official activities based on the collected works of author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. 

  

Usborne - Play and Learn at Home  

A huge variety of activities for all ages 0-12. Activities include colouring, stories, craft and educational worksheets. 

 

Sleep Tight, Platypup by Renee Treml - Activity Pack

  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  - Activity Pack  

  

Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek - Activity Pack

Reading with your baby

Reading with your baby

Reading with your baby is all about sharing special time together, having fun and modelling a love of books.

Sharing stories, talking and singing helps your baby learn about sounds, words and language. This supports your baby’s development, builds early literacy skills, sparks imagination and helps them learn about the world around them.

Explore these links for information and tips.

Department of Education and Early Childhood

Let’s Read

Raising Children

The Little Big Book Club

Reading with your toddler

Reading with your toddler

Reading with your toddler is all about sharing special time together, having fun and modelling a love of books.

Sharing stories, talking and singing helps your child’s development, builds literacy skills, sparks imagination and helps them learn about the world around them.

Explore these links for information and tips.

Department of Education and Early Childhood

Let’s Read

Raising Children

The Little Big Book Club

Reading with your preschooler

Reading with your preschooler

Reading with your child is all about sharing special time together, having fun and modelling a love of books.

Sharing stories, talking and singing helps your child’s development, builds early literacy skills, sparks imagination and helps them learn about the world around them.

Explore these links for information and tips.

Department of Education and Early Childhood

Let’s Read

Raising Children

The Little Big Book Club

Story Time at Home

Story Time is a fun and special sharing time where children and caregivers can share books and tell stories together. You can have your own story time any time of day!

 

Sharing books

Sharing books establishes a love of books and reading, sparks imagination and creativity, develops language and literacy skills.

Choose a book together with your child, get comfortable and start exploring one page at a time. Be playful, curious and follow your child’s interest.

When sharing a book you can:

  • Read the story word for word or tell the story from the pictures.
  • Use different voices, make sound effects and actions.
  • Look at the pictures, name and count the things you see.
  • Ask your child what they think will happen next or let them make up the story.
  • Speak in whatever language you and your child feel most comfortable speaking.

Check out adored Australian author Mem Fox’s Ten Read-aloud commandments

 

Storytelling    

Storytelling promotes literacy, language, imagination and gets children ready to start reading.

Telling stories about family and culture gives children a sense of their place in the world.

You can tell imaginary stories or stories based on the everyday activities and special occasions from your family life. Be playful, curious and follow your child’s interest.

When telling a story you can:

  • Use actions, sound effects and rhymes
  • Use toys, photos and objects
  • Share your favourite childhood stories
  • Include your child as a character in the story
  • Speak in whatever language you and your child feel most comfortable speaking.

Check out storyteller Anne E. Stewart’s video on Telling stories with children

1000 Books Before School

This state-wide program encourages families to read together with their children to develop a love of books and the literacy skills essential for school.

The program is a great way to track your child's reading progress. You can join the program at any time and participate until your child starts school.

For more information and to register visit our 1000 Books Before School page

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